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This is an auction for THE CONJUROR'S BIRD by Martin Davies.

"Davies tells the story of the search for "the rarest bird ever recorded" in this gripping book of literary suspense. In 1774, on Captain Cook's second expedition to the South Pacific, a single specimen of a thrush-like bird was captured. The bird entered the collection of eminent naturalist Sir Joseph Banks—but then it disappeared. Moving adroitly between the 18th and the 21st centuries, Davies indulges in clever speculation about the bird's whereabouts and adds an appealing strain of romance surrounding the identity of Banks's mistress, "Miss B." Alternating chapters chronicle the adventures of Fitz, a present-day London conservationist who's agreed to try to find "the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta" at the urging of a woman he once loved—but it's his spunky female graduate student whose ingenuity and indefatigable research do much to keep the plot spinning past red herrings, dead ends and the machinations of unscrupulous people racing to find the bird first. This is a captivating novel."
- a *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US)

Amazon.com review:

"In 1774, an unusual bird was spotted on Captain Cook’s second expedition to the South Seas. This single specimen was captured, preserved, and brought back to England—and no other bird of its kind was ever seen again. The bird was given to naturalist Joseph Banks, who displayed it in his collection until it too disappeared. Were it not for a coloured drawing created by the ship’s artist, it would seem that the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta had never existed. Two hundred years later, naturalist John Fitzgerald gets a call from an old friend asking him to join the search for the bird’s remains. The Conjurer’s Bird is both the story of Joseph Banks’s secret life and of Fitz’s thrilling race to find the elusive bird."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2005.

309 pages.

Near new condition.

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